Bellefontaine, OH 43311
Phone: (937) 599-5555
Fax: (937) 599-2300
Arts & Museums
Offers a fine collection of 19th and 20th-century American and European art, an extensive art library, seven galleries of changing exhibitions, and a gift shop of original and unusual artwork.
More than 200,000 artifacts in the collection representing every facet of Clark County's history. Some of the treasures include the only surviving Union officers' tent from the Civil Way and the Ludlow-Symmes Surveying Compass.
Dedicated to the history of cycling, this museum features over 250 vintage cycles, including 150 Schwinn bicycles formerly featured in the Chicago Museum.
The home of Warren G. Harding, the former president of the United States was built in 1890s. It is from here, where Harding launched his extensive presidential campaign. The Harding Home is now managed by the Ohio Historical Society and serves as a memorial and a museum.
Located in the bathrooms of the Chamber of Commerce in Yellow Springs, Ohio, the Yellow Springs Arts Council-sponsored ChamberPot Gallery features a rotating selection of art.
Shirley-Jones Gallery "is dedicated to the presentation of stimulating and provocative art in diverse media done between the mid-60s and the present." Eight exhibitions are usually presented each year "with one each August dedicated to issues surrounding the pursuit of peace."
The Ohio Railway Museum was founded in 1945 and is among the oldest of its kind in the nation. It was originally called The Central Ohio Railfans Association and got its current name in 1993. Enjoy a round-trip ride on a streetcar or interurban. Get educated in the demonstration tour about the history of steam and electric locomotive and how it impacted the economic growth and lifestyle in the early 20th Century. The museum is into preserving and operating historic railway machinery. It aims to enlighten the public through their exhibits, publications and special events. Their collection includes trams from 1900 to 1949, interurbans (1905 to 1965), passenger cars, electric and steam engines from around 1910 through 1926.
The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum celebrates one of the most important innovations in human history: slapping some wheels and a handle bar on a big, fat engine and hitting the open road (also known as the invention of the motorcycle). Collected here are classic bikes from every decade dating back to the 1890s, as well as the stories of hundreds of the Hall's inductees. Memorabilia lines the walls, and the museum shop is loaded with supercharged souvenirs. See website for special event info and complete visitor details.
Housed in the renovated 1880 Victorian Jasper Hull Flater Home that is filled with period furnishings, the Hancock Historical Museum's extensive collections include the Findlay Glass collection, Pendelton collection, locally-made agricultural equipment and vehicles, books, photos, dolls, maps and manuscript collections relating to Hancock County's past.
A venture of Ohio Designer Craftsmen, the Ohio Craft Museum is the first of its kind in the Midwest that is exclusively for fine craft. From temporary to permanent exhibits, their collection features artisanal furniture, fiber art, jewelry, ceramics, paper, wood, glass and more. All these artworks are contemporary and highlight the creativity of the artist through various forms. They also provide workshops and fairs as well. Buy a unique gift from their gift shop or check out their Craft Research Library if you want to know more about this art style.
The Jack Nicklaus Museum explores both the history of golf and one of it's greatest players. The museum, located on the Ohio State University Campus, has exhibits about golf history and turf science, Nicklaus' professional career and personal life, and a golf hall of fame. There is a pro shop and aptly named Nicklaus theater in the museum. The museum doubles as a special event host for corporate functions, banquets, and events.
More than 10,000 items and artifacts honor and preserve African-American culture and history at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, one-half mile north of U.S. 42 and adjacent to Central State University. The museum's permanent exhibition, "From Victory to Freedom: Afro-American Life in the Fifties," explores African-American experiences in America's history from the period following World War II to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.